‘He was flabbergasted. All four flight attendants pampered him and told me his name was Lloyd, so I patterned all my PAs to him,’ Boeing 727 flight engineer and airline pilot.
‘Our reserve crew had been called up to go and pick up some passengers that had been stranded by a malfunctioning L-1011. We would rush down empty and pick them up, taking half of them to New York, their final destination. As we were ready to close the door, a passenger practically skidded aboard, having run down the jetway. Out of breath, he wheezed, “Almost didn’t make it!”
‘He looked around, saw an otherwise empty airplane, and remarked that we must not have started boarding yet. The flight attendants assured him we had and were closing the door. He peered around with narrowed eyes, perhaps looking for Allen Funt [Allen Funt was an American television producer, director, writer and television personality best known as the creator and host of Candid Camera from the 1940s to 1980s] and his camera crew. They assured him it was time to go, so he started to move back to his seat somewhere in the middle of the aircraft. The flight attendants stopped him, motioning to business-class seat, “Please, sir.”
‘He was flabbergasted. All four flight attendants pampered him and told me his name was Lloyd, so I patterned all my PAs to him. As we descended into the airport, I modified my approach announcement, “…we’ve certainly enjoyed having you aboard, Lloyd, and if you can find a few friends, we’d love to fly all of you sometime soon.”’
‘He was as delighted as you could imagine.’
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